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[kreyv] /kreɪv/
verb (used with object), craved, craving.
to long for; want greatly; desire eagerly:
to crave sweets; to crave affection.
to require; need:
a problem craving prompt attention.
to ask earnestly for (something); beg for.
to ask (a person) earnestly for something or to do something.
verb (used without object), craved, craving.
to beg or plead (usually followed by for).
Origin of crave
before 1000; Middle English craven, Old English crafian; akin to Old Norse krefja to demand, lay claim to
Related forms
craver, noun
1. yearn for, hunger for. Unabridged
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  • Sir Philip craves for some chance of showing what he can do.

    Penshurst Castle Emma Marshall
  • But one craves a recreation, a rest which work nor sleep can give.

  • I am so anxious to see him once more in the saddle, where he craves to be and where he belongs.

    Before the Dawn Joseph Alexander Altsheler
  • If it is money he craves, for the restoration of that old home of his, why money let it be.

    April's Lady Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
  • The caller must have a quick eye, know who is courting, who is on the outs, who craves to be again in the arms of so and so.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
British Dictionary definitions for craves


when intr, foll by for or after. to desire intensely; long (for)
(transitive) to need greatly or urgently
(transitive) to beg or plead for
Derived Forms
craver, noun
Word Origin
Old English crafian; related to Old Norse krefja to demand, krǣfr strong; see craft
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Word Origin and History for craves



Old English crafian "ask, implore, demand by right," from North Germanic *krabojan (cf. Old Norse krefja "to demand," Danish kræve, Swedish kräva); perhaps related to craft in its base sense of "power." Current sense "to long for" is c.1400, probably through intermediate meaning "to ask very earnestly" (c.1300). Related: Craved; craving.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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